Constipation is infrequent or hard to pass stools. The stools are often hard and dry. It can affect men and women of all ages.
People often have other symptoms including stomach pain, bloating and feeling as if you haven't gone completely.
People can sometimes develop complications from constipation including haemorrhoids or anal fissures.
Acupuncture for constipation
The easiest way to treat constipation is to make changes to your diet. Cut out gluten (bread and pasta) and eat more fibre from vegetables and less meat.
In traditional Chinese medicine, constipation can be caused by poor diet, emotional upset and a weak digestive system.
Acupuncture treatment has been shown to improve the frequency of bowel movements in those suffering from constipation.
Lee H. (2018). Efficacy and safety of acupuncture for functional constipation: a randomised, sham-controlled pilot trial. BMC Complement Altern Med. 18(1):186. doi: 10.1186/s12906-018-2243-4.